The Master Violinist and the Professional Speaker | Ready for Anything

ByBill Belew

The Master Violinist and the Professional Speaker | Ready for Anything

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Abandon Your Talk? Not me

A favorite story of mine involves a master violinist who was giving a performance to a large crowd when suddenly he broke a string. The listeners who were close enough to see what happened let out a collective audible gasp. But … the violinist, not missing a stroke, continued on as if nothing happened.

Then the unthinkable happened. Another string broke and everybody not using those little binoculars saw it, let out a groan loud enough to disturb even the most composed performer. Fully expecting him to stop, switch violins, then continue the crowd was amazed to see him continue on again as if nothing happened. Only after finishing the piece did he nonchalantly walk off stage and switch violins.

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This story has served me well when I get up to give a presentation. I am determined that nothing will prevent me from finishing what I start when given the opportunity to present and an audience wanting to listen in.

Not a computer crash, not anything will stop me. Maybe if the cruise ship turned over, I’d have to rethink this thought.

The point is that a master professional speaker needs to be ready for anything s/he needs to know how to finish their presentation come what may with whatever resources are left at the time.

What would it take for you to abandon your presentation midstream?

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Bill Belew, PhD, MFA, MSc also has a very interesting career. Bill spent a half dozen years in the US Navy climbing the enlisted ranks and making the jump to Lieutenant where he served as a Surface Warfare, Communications and Intelligence Officer. While aboard ship, in the Navy, he sailed enough nautical miles to circumnavigate the globeAfter his military time, Bill spent nearly 20 years in the Far East – Japan, China, Russia and India where he taught university and created and grew his own language school throughout Japan and Far East Russia.Bill speaks to audiences of all size, countless times yearly. He has a network of 4000+ individuals who follow him in the Silicon Valley Bay Area to learn about Social Media/inbound/content marketing. He is a weekly guest on the Social Network Station broadcast to 90+ countries from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.More than 75,000,000 people have viewed over 125,000,000 pages in his network of sites.Bill is represented by 4 cruise ship agencies that send him, literally, anywhere and everywhere in the world, and is a principal of

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